France versus Croatia: 10 trivia about the World Cup final
The national teams of France and Croatia reached the grand final of the 2018 World Cup in Russia after moving to the playoffs as the first of their group. To reach the last match, the French won against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium , while the Croats did the same against Denmark, Russia and England.
1- 21 editions and 20 finals
The France-Croatia will close the twenty-first edition of the World Cup and, however, will be the twentieth final. How is it possible?
The answer lies in what is probably the most famous match in the history of the World Cups; the Maracanazo .
1947, when the Brazilian organizing committee convinced FIFA that there would be no final , but a group between the four group champions, to “increase the excitement and the collection”.
Therefore, the victory of Uruguay over Brazil 2-1 , in Maracana on July 16, 1950 was not a final , but the match of the third day of the final phase played by Brazil, Uruguay, Spain and Sweden.
2- How long before should the selections arrive at the stadium?
According to the rules of the competition , France and Croatia will have to be in the Luhzniki stadium no later than 16.30 local time (13.30 GMT) and will have to facilitate the alignments no later than 16.35 hours.
3- How long are the hymns?
According to the protocol of the FIFA, the hymns can not exceed the minute and a half. It is the federations themselves that must deliver the CD with the anthem to the organization before the start of the competition.
4- France from 1 to 900
France, which was the protagonist of the first match of a World Cup , will also play the 900 match.
The French team opened the Uruguay World Cup , with a 4-1 victory over Mexico at the Pocitos stadium in Montevideo, before 4,000 spectators. It was not the only game of that day, since the United States and Belgium played at the same time (3-0).
It was a Frenchman Lucien Laurent, who scored the first goal in a World Cup on July 13, 1930, at 19 minutes into the game.
5- Two shirts without name or number
France and Croatia will have to have in their kit two goalie jerseys without name or number. What is the reason?
FIFA foresees that a goalkeeper can be sent off when all three substitutions have been made – four in the case of an extension – and to differentiate it, the field player who becomes the goalkeeper must wear that anonymous shirt.
6- Germany must “uncut” the shield at the end of the final
Germany, champion in 2014, will not be able to use the shield that identifies him as world champion from the moment the final ends. The shield belongs, for all intents and purposes, to FIFA and the winner can wear it in all official matches until December 18, 2022 , when the Qatar World Cup finishes.
7- FIFA “lends” the trophy a few minutes
The trophy that is given to the champion does not remain the winner . The real 36.8 cm high trophy, made with 3 kg of solid 18 carat gold, only the champions have during the award ceremony. Once they enter the locker room, they have to give it to FIFA , which gives the corresponding Federation a replica (bathed in gold) that is called the “Trophy of the Champions”. This reply, in any case, remains the property of FIFA.
8- How much does the champion and runner take?
FIFA, which for Russia 2018 raised 12 percent of the prizes with respect to Brazil 2014, will give a check with 38 million dollars to the champion of the final. Ten million less will take the runner-up
In the event that France is the champion, the players negotiated that they would obtain 30 percent of that prize . Mbappé has already announced that he will donate it to an NGO.
9- Will Kalinic be champion if he wins Croatia?
Nikola Kalinic was expelled from the Croatian concentration for refusing to enter the field in the 86th minute of the match played by the Vatreni against Nigeria, on June 16. He has not played a minute of the competition, but if his team wins he will be world champion because he is registered as part of the 23 players who went to Russia 2018.
Without being for disciplinary reasons, Franco Baresi, Daniel Passarella or Ronaldo Nazario, among others, were also world champions without having played any minute in 1982, 1986 and 1994, respectively.
10- The Luzhniki, total finalist
The great finalist tomorrow is not the French team or the Croatian, but the Luzhniki stadium, which will complete the perfect circle with the outcome of the World Cup.
Tomorrow, the Moscow venue will have hosted an Olympic final (Moscow 1980), a WorldCup final (Russia 2018), a Champions League final (2008) and a UEFA Cup final (1999).